Last week I wrote about Restaurants in Belize, in the Cayo District, this week, I’m continuing with the “Best ‘little-known’ places to eat in Belize.” I’ll cover the Corozal District today. However, first I have to add a recommendation that I missed last week for the Cayo District.
If you are an early riser (I am, and I LOVE my morning coffee!), my thanks to Gordon Glenn for this recommendation of “Mike’s” in San Ignacio. Kitty corner from the San Ignacio farmers market, you’ll find “Mike’s” for breakfast. “If you are an early riser, Mike and Jackie are serving real brewed coffee as early as 5 am!” All I can say is “Ahhh – fresh BREWED COFFEE!”
Now, back up north to Corozal. There are quite a few good “little known” restaurants here in Corozal. I could name many, and I’m sure my friends in this area could add to my list. (Please leave a comment with YOUR favorite Corozal restaurants!) I’m going to start as if you were driving to Corozal from the south – entering Corozal heading north on the Northern Highway.
First along the route of little known restaurants in Belize, in Corozal, is my favorite Chinese Restaurant. I admit, I’m picky when it comes to Chinese food. I like “Authentic” Chinese food, and I hate to say it, but most Chinese restaurants in Belize serve just basic Chow Mien and Fried Rice. You can get that any where! As you enter Corozal, at the round-about, take the right-hand split (1st Avenue) and follow the coast-line. On the right-hand side of the road, about a half mile, you’ll see a large restaurant/pub right on the ocean-side; the “Jam-Rock” is a good place to eat, watch football games and socialize, but I’m talking about the restaurant directly across the street: the “Wood House Bistro” Chinese restaurant. If you want really good, authentic style Chinese food, you can’t go wrong, the food is great. When you ask for “Spicy Chicken” (their version of “General Tso’s Chicken”) – be sure to specify how spicy you want it – it can be SPICY! They also have some awesome hors-d’oeuvres that are SO spicy, you have to ask for them as “Mild” or you won’t be tasting anything for a week! However, as long as you like spicy – they will serve it up that way!
Keep following the shore-line – you’ll end up at another split where the Mirador Motel sits, go straight (on 4th Avenue) and drive north for another half mile or so. When you get to the Corozal Park (on the left) and see the St. Francis Xavier Church on the right, go one block (just over the large Pedestrian ramp) to CJ’s Shack on the right-hand side. I’ve been there for breakfast when I just couldn’t make up my mind what I wanted. CJ said he’d make me a veggie omelet – that omelet was TO DIE FOR! CJ’s has so much to offer, and if you don’t see it on the menu – ask! He’ll whip you up something special – guaranteed!
Next, we’re going to cut across town (see map) to a little-known literal “shack” that has some of the BEST hamburgers! Look, anyone can make a burger, right? Heck, when I go out to eat, I almost never order just a burger – I can make my own hamburgers that are better than anything you can get from any restaurants in Belize, with the possible exception of Habanero Grill. They are normally only open in the evenings – from 4:30 on, but if you don’t want to cook and are in the mood for a great Burger – check them out!
Now back across town to 4th Avenue heading north. 4th Avenue turns into “Consejo Road.” Follow Consejo Road all the way north to Consejo Village. Consejo Village is the northern-most village in Belize, and it is only two miles across the Chetumal Bay to Chetumal, Mexico. As you enter the village of Consejo, the very first building on the left at the speed bump, is “Buccaneer’s Palapa Restaurant.” Buccaneer’s is a small, family run business with fantastic food, great people, cozy atmosphere and plenty of cervezas! If you are out in the Consejo area, stop by and say “Hello” to Maria, Karina, Lupe, Alicia and the rest of the family. Tell them “Coleen sent you, from Discovering Belize!”
I’m sure I’ve missed some really good, off the beaten path restaurants in Belize – Corozal area, but if you’ll leave a comment about your favorite place, I’ll include it in the next set.
And as always – Welcome to Belize!
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